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Happy Birthday, Keanu

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Carina Guardians of Galaxy

© Matt Hardy

I was Carina from Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Professionalism in a Skirt

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Working on a college campus, I see all levels of professionals–from students to people who have been working in their fields for over fifty years. When a lady walks into my venue I can immediately tell if she is a student or a working professional by looking at one thing–the length of her skirt.

I’m all for showing skin and being sexy. In fact, I actually like short skirts, but there’s a time and a place (at least for me). The sad part is seeing these girls in their business suits, trying very hard to be taken seriously by those around them when something so simple as a mid-thigh length skirt is blatantly pegging them as students.

In a professional environment, at the shortest, your skirt should be three inches above the top of the knee. This can, of course, be amended within reason by wearing dark pantyhose. If your skirt doesn’t even cover your ass, then you’re wasting your time putting it on in the morning. You might as well just wear your suit jacket with just leggings.  (Which might actually make for a cool look, kind of like this look by Jasmin Rodriguez. It’s not professional, but it’s hot.)

So while there may be a very subtle difference between this:

and this:

Your employers and co-workers will notice the difference.

Adamton Jeff: 83rd president of these United States.

“It’s not all you want to eat, it’s all you can eat!” -Noller

Mokris Cupcakes

Last week, one of my lovely co-workers had a birthday. My roommate Wesley, who sits between us at work, had recently received a shipment of chocolate and yogurt dipped pretzels and Oreos, which my co-worker and I loved.

I decided to make cupcakes for the occasion, and rather than simply covering them in icing, I decided to dip them in chocolate, as well.

I started out by just baking your basic cupcakes. I bought box cake mix of the flavor of my choosing (yellow cake) and followed the instructions on the back of the box. They grew strange little noses when I baked them.

I let them cool for a bit, and I melted some chocolate in the microwave. I used the dipping chocolate that you buy for fruit because I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but melting a bag of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks will work just fine. I then dipped each of the cupcakes upside-down  into the chocolate.  I had some problems with the cupcakes falling apart when I dipped them, but I believe this can be fixed by letting the cupcakes sit a while longer after baking. It’s messy work, so have a towel handy.

Um, I used Pam, by the way…

So when they’re all chocolated down, you pop them in the fridge to harden. I then topped them off with some pathetic looking icing. (I’m now giving up on my dream of being a professional cake decorator.)

Then I presented the glorious gifts to my coworker.

Look, she has no idea she’s about to be pounced on by a vicious chocolate-dipped cupcake.

Some of you may remember the challenge chart my boyfriend made for me back in January. Well, recently my workplace was fortunate enough to host “Weird, Wild, and Wonderful” by Box of Light Theatre .

The head and star of this theatre company is a very talented mime. He was able to keep over 150 audience members between the ages of 4 and 70 highly entertained for hours without saying a word. (You should definitely go see him, if you ever get the chance.) How fortunate for me that he was also a very nice guy, and willing to race me, completing challenge #29: A Footrace with a Mime.

For the record, I won.

Whaling

Coleman Cookies

These are macadamia nut and coconut cookies I made for my friend Drew.

I searched everywhere online and couldn’t find a recipe for the combination, so I decided to make one up.

Here it is:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup macadamia nut

1. Preheat the oven to 375. Line 2 cookie sheets with tin foil, and grease the tin foil with butter.

2. Mix the butter and sugar together in a large bowl with a spoon.

3. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla extract.

4. Add flower and salt to the mixture.

5. Add in the coconut and macadamia nuts, and mix all ingredients together throughly.

6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

7. Enjoy!


UPDATE: The USPS botched the delivery of these gems in a major way. According to Drew, when they got to Texas, the box was opened, the Tupperware inside the box was open, and the whole opened mess was wet.

He sent me some pictures:


Travesty. Needless to say they were inedible. Poor Drewski.

Art Auction for Angel Faces

Art Auction

Hey everyone, I just heard from Tammy about this Art Auction hosted by Inspiration Avenue. The Auction is going to be from March 7th -14th and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Angel Faces. This amazing organization sponsors a week long retreat for young ladies with facial disfigurements. The girls are taught yoga, arts, coping techniques for everyday life, and receive spa treatments and make-overs . They are placed in a comfortable, loving environment, free from judgment for a week. Girls leave this retreat with a new found sense of community, confidence, and motivation.

This organization is amazing, and I highly recommend everyone participate in the auction.

Niceness: Days 1-3

The hardest assignment I have given myself for Lent is to forgive my roommate. I removed said roommate from my life about a month ago after he refused to pick me up from the Philadelphia train station as he had promised, and instead sat at home and ate pizza, leaving me alone in a strange city at night in the rain. When faced with my rejection, he decided to lash out by using my shower loofa an unknown number of times.
Needless to say, truly forgiving this man will be a difficult task.

I began by speaking to him. We are three days into the broken silent treatment, and so far, so good. He is currently at the grocery store, buying me food. I did not ask him to do this.

    In addition to being nice in my everyday life, I am also doing the nice assignments from Operation Nice. Imagine my surprise this morning when I open up my e-mail to learn that it is Random Acts of Kindness Week. How convenient.

    In accordance with Op-Nice, I made Valentines for everyone in the office, and my friends who I had mailing addresses for.

    V-day Cards

    Aren’t they cute? See, they even come with puppy and kitty temp. tattoos.

    Here’s what they looked like when they were all done:

    Vcards2

    I hope everyone’s super excited when they get them.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I slipped up on day 2, and told Andrea (my other roommate) that her computer wasn’t working because she’s the one using it. It’s true, but it’s not nice. Sorry Jesus.